January 2, 2015

 

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FootLocker.com dominates the United States athletic shoe market – it is the number one seller of name-brand athletic footwear in the USA.  Footlocker also dominates the philanthropy market; in 2001 the retailer established a philanthropic organization called the Foot Locker Foundation.

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Every year, this foundation awards up to 20 scholarships of $20,000 each to hard-working scholar-athletes.  Last year, the 20 recipients included a Nepalese refugee and soccer player now studying engineering to improve the infrastructure in his home country, a basketball player who channeled her difficult home life into volunteer work in her community, and a soccer player who’s determination after a catastrophic car accident is the reason she can play at all.

The Foot Locker Foundation also has a strong partnership with the United Negro College Fund.  Every year, the Foundation raises money for the UNCF through the On Our Feet gala, which has provided over 600 students with scholarships.

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On Our Feet Gala

 

January 2, 2015

As the rates of suicide and PTSD among military members are rising rapidly, the number of people and organizations that support members of the military and their families is growing in response.  H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is a program that coordinates and organizes the tens of thousands of caregivers, professional mental health care workers, and NGOs to provide the best possible support to military members and their families.

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 H.E.R.O.E.S. functions on a one-to-one basis.  If a member of the military chooses to enroll in the program, a Hometown Support Volunteer (HSV) is assigned to their family, and stays with them for up to 2 years post-deployment.  They provide support and are trained to look for signs that a mental health professional may be needed, in which case they call on the H.E.R.O.E.S. extensive network of professionals and NGOs with expertise.  H.E.R.O.E.S. caregivers act as a first line of defense support system for military members and their families, helping them through a difficult time and able to call on the resources of the larger organization if necessary.

January 2, 2015

Service and support dogs aren’t always seeing eye dogs – Canine Support Teams, Inc is an organization that provides service dogs to people with a huge variety of disabilities.  These dogs are trained to care for people using wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches as well as people with autism, epilepsy, PTSD or many other disabilities that affect their ability to lead an independent life.  A service dog can make all the difference in the world to their owner – caring for their needs and providing loving company.

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Not only do the dogs help their owners immensely, they provide purpose and improvement in the lives of their trainers as well.  The service dogs are trained by inmates – the “Prison Pup Program” works with women at the California Institute for Women, teaching them the skills to become dog trainers, groomers, and technicians.  Not one of the inmates who has worked with the program has returned to prison since.

Canine Support Teams is spreading good will in every direction and has raised over $1900 through iGive.com!!!  Whether it’s the clients, the trainers, or the dogs, everyone involved benefits greatly from the good works being done by this organization.

December 4, 2014

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It’s getting to be that time of the year when you have to PLAN YOUR FUTURE and you have nowhere to put all those pesky appointments that fall after January 1st!  Thanks to Mead, you can now buy a 2015 calendar or planner that helps generate a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project – two birds, one stone.

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The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization that works with wounded veterans, raising awareness and providing support for every service member that comes home injured.  Their vision is to “foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history”.

 

Between June 1 2013 and December 31 2014, ACCO Brands, the manufacturer of AT-A-GLANCE planning products, has pledged to donate a minimum of $125,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, making your 2015 planner (found at Mead) a valiant purchase indeed.

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December 3, 2014

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Alexandra H. is our super shopper of the month!  She raised $280.42 for her cause, Tabby’s Place.

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Tabby’s Place is a cat sanctuary designed to provide a loving home for cats who can’t find them, and adopt out those who can.  It’s a cage free facility with both outdoor and indoor space, group rooms for special needs cats, and functions as both a hospital and a hospice for its feline residents.  Jonathan Rosenberg, the founder of Tabby’s Place, created the facility in memory of his beloved cat Tabby, who passed away due to terminal cancer.

Today, Tabby’s Place houses up to 95 cats; its goal is to expand to be able to care for up to 400 cats that would otherwise be in hopeless or helpless situations.  Tabby’s Place has raised over $22,000 through iGive since it joined in 2005!

Uncorked.com has partnered with iGive to give Alexandra a $150 gift card to thank her for the outstanding work!

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December 3, 2014

 

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Juliana’s Journey Foundation is a non-profit fighting to make a difference in the world of childhood disease.  After the death of their beloved daughter, Juliana Peña’s parents (Patricia and Jesus) decided they were going to take on Neuroblastoma, the pediatric cancer with the highest mortality rate.  They watched their toddler go through a disease no two year old deserves, enduring countless pokes and prods from every treatment, test, scan, and surgery possible.

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Juliana and her parents, surrounded by all the fellow fighters Juliana met along the way

 Juliana’s Journey Foundation works to fund raise for research into less invasive and more successful therapies for Neuroblastoma patients, raise awareness of Neuroblastoma, partner with Make-a-Wish Foundation, re-envision hospice protocol for critically-ill children, and hold an annual toy drive for the oncology department in their county.

October 29, 2014

 s2202nuyounltplsEducate A Bull is a non-profit rescue organization dedicated to saving dogs from euthanasia. The Buffalo-based organization rescues dogs from the surrounding New York area and from some high-kill shelters in southern states. They love, care for, nourish, treat, and fix the dogs before finding them a new forever home.

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Educate A Bull is specifically dedicated to bully breeds, hoping to educate the public about their natures and inspire understanding and acceptance of the breeds. As well as finding homes for the dogs, they support bull owners through training and care and hope to show by example the true courage and loyalty of these often misunderstood dogs.

If you want to see the organization up close, this November 8th, they’re holding their annual Barksgiving – a giant fundraiser with auctions, food, and fun for all – including the pups!

Betsy L. raised $148.80 for her cause, Baltimore Clayworks!

baltimoreBaltimore Clayworks is a non-profit ceramic art center in Baltimore, Maryland.  They “exist to develop, sustain, and promote an artist-centered community that provides outstanding artistic, educational, and collaborative programs in ceramic arts.”  Baltimore Clayworks is involved in many different aspects of the art world: gallery, studio, public art, and outreach.  They hold art shows such as Looking at Ourselves, shown to the left.  Their community outreach programs range from partnering with Baltimore City Parks and Recreation, various schools, churches, and after-school programs, to offering classes at Tuerk House (a support center for recovering addicts).  Baltimore Clayworks also hosts Arc Baltimore, an organization that supports people with developmental disabilities.

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For her efforts, Betsy will receive a gift packet from Calendars.com valued at $227.81 that includes Teacups Thank You Notes and a Harvest Perpetual Calendar.

 

 

October 29, 2014

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nomorerack has turned browsing a discount rack online into a chance to give back to the community and donate to charity!  The discount store offers a Charity Deal program – with every Charity Deal purchase nomorerack will donate to that month’s non-profit organization.  Some of the causes they’ve helped in the past include Runway to Hope, a Florida charity that raises money for the fight against pediatric cancer, Family Giving Tree, an organization that supplies gifts and backpacks full of school supplies across California during the holidays, and The Rose, a non-profit dedicated to fighting breast cancer, along with many more.

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“Thank you nomorerack™ for your support of The Rose. Your generous of donation will truly make a difference in your community and we feel privileged you selected The Rose for your fundraising project.”

~Michelle Hanson
Manager, Special Events, The Rose

October 1, 2014

Twelve percent of teenagers in the United States today have undetected or untreated vision problems.  That’s a staggering number of children that are being negatively impacted by an easily treatable problem.  Tortoise & Blonde heard these statistics and decided they needed to help.  To do so, they collaborated with a non-profit called EyeCare 4 Kids.

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EyeCare 4 Kids is a non-profit that helps vision-impaired low-income children get the treatment they need to see clearly.  They serve over 200 kids per week, 10,400 kids a year, mostly in Utah and Nevada.  EyeCare 4 Kids is closely involved with education – providing families the knowledge necessary to keep their kids’ vision healthy and working.   Tortoise & Blonde has donated $230,000 worth of eyeglass frames and tailor-made lenses to EyeCare 4 Kids.  They are committed to lowering that shocking twelve percent statistic.

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